ASE Bullion Set

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Inspector43, Sep 26, 2021.

  1. Inspector43

    Inspector43 Collecting Since 1948 Supporter

    I am making photographic records of all my sets. I just started my ASE Bullions. They are difficult to photograph. Here are three that I would like some feedback on. Are the photos OK?
    2019 ASE Bullion Set.jpg 2020 ASE Bullion Set.jpg 2021 ASE Bullion Set.jpg
     
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  3. Evan Saltis

    Evan Saltis College Dorm Collector Supporter

    I think they look nice. The way you have the light on them works nicely. I have lots of trouble getting the light directed in a way which highlights and shadows the coin nicely.

    Looks like you've got it to me, especially on the obverses. Just my thoughts but I'm not much of a photographer.
     
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  4. Inspector43

    Inspector43 Collecting Since 1948 Supporter

    Thanks for the feedback @Evan Saltis I have the same problems.
     
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  5. COOPER12

    COOPER12 Well-Known Member

    looks good to me. I wish I could take pictures like that
     
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  6. Jeffjay

    Jeffjay Well-Known Member

    You can! Practice makes perfect.
    A lot of trial and error sometimes but you can get good shots with most cameras with experimentation.
     
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  7. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    Looks pretty good.
     
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  8. Bambam8778

    Bambam8778 Well-Known Member

    The light on those looks great to me! I love the photos!
     
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  9. Inspector43

    Inspector43 Collecting Since 1948 Supporter

    Thanks, I appreciate the feedback.
     
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  10. 1stSgt22

    1stSgt22 Well-Known Member

    Photos look great!! Beautiful ASE's!!
     
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  11. Dearborn

    Dearborn Above average collector - Is that an Error?

    Your pictures look fine to me, just a bit of a shadow along the top of the arms and shoulders. Maybe if you turned the coin a tiny bit counter clockwise to get past the high relief of the device, you may get nice illumination for the whole surface.
     
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  12. Dearborn

    Dearborn Above average collector - Is that an Error?

    A bonus to photographing uncirculated, burnished, or bullion ASE's is no reflection of the camera on the fields.
     
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  13. Dearborn

    Dearborn Above average collector - Is that an Error?

    Getting the lighting correct is the hardest part, too much direct light you wash out the coin with glare, too little, the coin is dark and hides the finer details.

    I usr the white ceiling of my room to reflect the light back down on the coin from above. This reduces the 'hot spots' you can get from a direct light bouncing off the surface.
    I went into some detail about this in my ASE postings on how I manages to reduce almost all glare. Like this:
    2011-W proof.jpg 2011-W proof1.jpg
     
  14. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    Inspector if you can use those photo skills towards your ancient coins...
     
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  15. Inspector43

    Inspector43 Collecting Since 1948 Supporter

    Thanks, I remember that post and liked the ideas.
     
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  16. Inspector43

    Inspector43 Collecting Since 1948 Supporter

    Taking some of the comments to heart I have attached 3 more that I did some light variations on. These three have a little toning on them which adds to the difficulty. Thanks for all the help. 1986 ASE Bullion Set.jpg 1987 ASE Bullion Set.jpg 1988 ASE Bullion Set.jpg
     
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  17. Inspector43

    Inspector43 Collecting Since 1948 Supporter

    Here is another attempt that I like even better. I really appreciate the comments.
    1986 No 2 ASE Bullion Set.jpg
     
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  18. Jim Dale

    Jim Dale Well-Known Member

    It's probably my 73 year old eyes that it was hard for me to see the year on the third coin of your first series. Other than that, your pictures a great. I was wondering how will you store your pictures?
     
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  19. Inspector43

    Inspector43 Collecting Since 1948 Supporter

    Thanks. That was one of my issues also. I had to change the technique some. The Date is difficult to capture on these. I think I have it now.
    I crop them and combine them using PhotoScape X. Then Store them in separate files. These will go into "ASE Bullion Set". I back them up as electronic files.
     
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  20. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    All of you can take the pictures, I'll take those beautiful coins, Okay! Great show Inspector43, thanks.
     
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  21. Dearborn

    Dearborn Above average collector - Is that an Error?

    I keep my coin pictures filed in directories by denomination, type, then the coins.
    For file names, I use date, mint, type, composition, variety if known, and weather it is a proof or not. for the reverse, I use the same format but add the number 1 to it to tell me it is the reverse. A number 2 and so on if I have close-ups of same coin.
    Example:
    Lincoln Cents:
    1960 LMC Cu Proof Small Date
    1960 LMC Cu Proof Small Date1
    Or This for Eisenhower Dollars:
    1976-S IKE Silver Proof Type I
    1976-S IKE Silver Proof Type I1
    1 top directory.JPG 1st sub directory.JPG 2nd sub directory.JPG 3rd sub directory with coins seperated by type.JPG
     
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